American ports are cornerstones of the U.S. economy, supporting 30 million jobs and 26% of our economic output. However, a lack of investment in port infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic have strained ports’ capacity and jeopardized global supply chains. The expectations of this program reflect the vision of strengthening American supply chains and that of President Biden’s Port Action Plan, which calls for rapid action to relieve supply chain constraints at American ports through significant investments in the near, medium and long term.


Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity:

The U.S. Department of Transportation published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $662 million in grant funding through the PIDP discretionary grant program on December 30, 2022. PIDP grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to make grants for projects for coastal seaports, inland river ports and Great Lakes ports.


Important NOFO details:

Eligible Applicants

  • Port Authority

  • State or political subdivision of a State or local govt.

  • Tribe

  • MPO

  • Special purpose district with transportation function


Eligible Projects

  • Located either within the boundary of a port, or outside the boundary of a port and directly related to port operations or to an intermodal connection to a port

  • Capital projects that improve the safety, efficiency or reliability of:

    • Loading/unloading of goods at the port

    • Movement of goods into, out of, around or within a port

    • Operational improvements

    • Environmental and emissions mitigation measures


Merit Criterias

  • Achieving Safety, Efficiency or Reliability Improvements

  • Supporting Economic Vitality at the Regional or National Level

  • Addressing Climate Change & Environmental Justice Impacts

  • Advancing Equity & Opportunity for All

  • Leveraging Federal Funding to Attract Non-Federal Sources of Infrastructure Investment



  • $662M for FY2023

  • No minimum award size

  • Not less than 25% set-aside for “small projects at small ports”



  • 04/28/23 - Applications due

  • Funds are available for obligation for three fiscal years after the fiscal year award is announced